CELEBRATING CENTURY IN SUCCESS
GREENFIELD Primary School have weathered many storms and wars to be what it is today 100 years after its inception.
Mentioned among those who were there when the school opened its doors are Julius Greenfield, a Miss C Shone, the first teacher and Ruby Robins believed to have been among the first 10 pupils.
Generations have gone through the school and left an indelible mark.
The school was established in the then little village of Bellevue and history has it that buckets were used for ablution, a far cry from the modern facility for both boys and girls.
The school headmistress, Mrs Adilinah Sibanda, said Greenfield had persevered for success.
“Our products are dotted around the globe. They are everywhere and have made a positive impact in all sectors. We are proud that from an enrolment of 10 learners in 1916, now the population stands at a staggering 1 243 as we celebrate a Century of Commitment to Quality Education this year,” said Mrs Sibanda yesterday.
Mrs Sibanda said the school’s pass rate had remained very good with rates between 80 and 90 percent. She said this had driven them to stay committed to the pursuance of quality education.
“We are guided by the philosophy of the classroom today being the philosophy of a Government tomorrow,” Mrs Sibanda told Chronicle.
In order for the school to maintain a conducive environment for pupils to excel, they had come up with a development plan.
The top features of the plan are land scaping, renovating the tool room, gutters, painting of the school buildings, tiling of classrooms, building of a reservoir, construction of an early child learning centre, renovating the driveway, replacement of washing basins, construction of the septic tank and reconstruction of the two swimming pools.
Children continued to shine at Grade Seven level with English recording 95 percent pass rate last year, Mathematics 91, Ndebele 93 and General Paper 94.
With the school development committee headed by Mrs Xolile Msebele, Mrs Sibanda said they were confident of adding more improvements to the school.
“We are happy that with the previous parents’ association we were able to achieve a lot in terms of development. The focus is there with the present group headed Mrs Msebele.
“With the ECD block done at the infant wing, land scaping in progress, painting of school hall and administration bloc, acquisition of 25 computers, tiling of infants’ section, painting of the school’s perimeter wall and the website www.greenfieldjunior.net, the sky seems the limit for the boys and girls,” said Mrs Sibanda.
She said most of the development initiatives had been accomplished through development levies and a special level for the ECD section.
The school held a commemorative walk in June to raise awareness about their milestone achievement.
She said infrastructural development would stay among the school’s priorities.
Mrs Sibanda said the school was also keen on drilling a borehole that would support the grounds and swimming pools. “We would appreciate our former students, business community and individuals coming forward to help us on the borehole project which would give the school a new lease of life.
“Greenfield cries loud for sporting facilities and modern technological development, outdoor seating as we seek to be good custodians of the school for the next century. Our vision remains among the best service providers committed to the pursuit of quality education,” said Mrs Sibanda.
She said the client charter had also been key to service delivery with accountability and transparency on the use of school assets and funds uppermost.
The recently completed Early Child Development Centre School headmistress Mrs Adilinah Sibanda addresses parents, friends of the school and pupils during celebrations in June